Betsiefest is a celebration of life. A time to enjoy family and friends in the presence of amazing music and outdoor fun.


In 2010, the first Betsiefest Northwest was spontaneously held in Scott Shoemaker and Betsie Och's SE Portland backyard. It was a life celebration with live music and an amazing potluck dinner created by the friends and family of Betsie Och to remember their friend's spirit after her tragic battle with cancer. Betsie was a mindful lady who enjoyed music with friends, especially children, and worked hard to take in life's simple pleasures and have fun. Now, seven years later, we aim to include you in the vibe that keeps the spirit strong. The music is still live, the venue is even larger, and the good times are as jamming as ever before at Betsiefest. Join the vibe!


What started as an intimate life celebration has grown into an intimate, family friendly music festival and opportunity to raise money for the causes we believe in. We are excited to have wonderful a new beneficiary, The Chelsea Hicks Foundation. Our goal this year is to raise $7,500 for them.

Betsiefest is a FREE event, however we do encourage at least a $25 per adult donation to support our fundraising efforts. Help us brighten the spirits of critically ill children this year with this amazing organization


Big thanks to all the musicians that have played Betsiefest over the past seven years. Your contributions and talents make the event what it is. Here is your 2017 line-up.

JOIN US ON JUNE 24th @ 2:00pm

Betsiefest is a FREE (donation based) family friendly event that embraces a loving, open, and thoughtful spirit. Our goal this year is to raise $7,500 for Chelsea Hicks Foundation. 
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2:00pm - Kick-off
2:30 - 4:00pm Santino
4:00 - 5:00pm Kids' parade & talent show
5:00 - 6:30pm Bearcoon
7:00 - 8:30pm Rose City Kings
9:00 - 11:30pm Farnell Newton & The Othership Connection
Camping Saturday night is encouraged. There is a peaceful field for tent, R.V., van or car camping. 
Food will be available in a pot luck format. Please bring a dish to share (vegetarian encouraged and appreciated) if you wish to participate. A grill will be available for use. Also, this year we will again have a food truck on premise with food for sale in the early evening and in the morning for overnight campers. 
Dogs are welcome but MUST be leashed at all times. This is a working farm, so we need to be protect the resident livestock. Please also clean up after your pet.
Outside alcohol is allowed for guests 21 and over ONLY. Please drink responsibly.
Festival poster art available by donation; intentional creative space in Betsie's memory; dance and movement 
We will have a variety of outdoor games, kids crafts and the ever-popular Betsiefest Kid's Parade.
Want to play an instrument around the fire pit? Bring it! Want to express yourself and be outdoors with wonderful folks? Be our guest. Late night Betsiefesters inevitably bring the party.

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Event Location

Please contact John Gentle with any event questions.

  • 14700 Nw Gillihan Road Portland, OR 97231
  • 503.544.6934
  • johngentle@mac.com